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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

Our firm history, honors and awards, and locations speak to our collaborative approach and commitment to serving clients as well as the outstanding legal resources we bring to bear.


We regularly represent studios and others in the entertainment business. In every appeal, we prepare briefs showcasing the law and the facts demonstrating why our clients’ actions were proper. Our dedication to filing legally accurate, factually compelling briefs is vital in entertainment cases, where the public perception of a case may be distorted by inaccurate press accounts.

Our work is multi-faceted. We consult in the trial court to preserve issues for appeal, we assist in preparing post-trial motions, and we handle numerous appeals in federal and state courts. Our work in Coppola v. Warner Bros. exemplifies our approach. Our firm drafted post-trial motions for Warner Bros. after Francis Ford Coppola obtained an $80 million judgment against the studio on the theory it illegally interfered with Coppola’s ability to make a new film version of “Pinocchio.” The trial court granted our motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and struck a $60 million punitive damages award. We represented Warner Bros. on appeal and persuaded the Court of Appeal to reverse the remainder of the judgment.

Contact Frederic D. Cohen or Mark A. Kressel for more information about our Entertainment Law practice.

Haggis v. Yari

California Court of Appeal reverses $12 million judgment in dispute over film profits, finding no substantial evidence to support trial court’s alter ego finding.

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Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment

California Court of Appeal reduces judgment in favor of actor Don Johnson from $53.2 million to $15 million in dispute arising out of a production contract’s copyright provision.

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Howard Entertainment, Inc. v. Kudrow

California Court of Appeal reverses summary judgment in favor of actress in contract dispute over withheld agent commissions.

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Logix v. Faherty

California Court of Appeal reverses $40 million judgment in dispute over satellite television royalties.

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Coppola v. Warner Bros.

California Court of Appeal reverses $80 million award against Warner Bros.

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Kidron v. Franklin

California Court of Appeal reverses $41 million judgment against Sony.

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Hoang v., Inc.

Ninth Circuit appellant's opening brief arguing that actress did not receive fair trial in suit against for breaching its privacy agreement by using the actress's credit card information to research her age and publish it on the internet.

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Lyle v. Warner Brothers Television Productions

California Supreme Court amicus brief arguing that the First Amendment limits liability for sexually explicit comments in the workplace.

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Warner Bros. v. Golden

Ninth Circuit appellee's brief arguing that Warner Bros. was entitled to terminate contract to provide programming to a cable network and recover unpaid fees.

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